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Category Archives: Beauty

Healthy Skin Tips

One of the worst myths when it comes to having beautiful skin is that a tan is a necessity. To most people, tanned skin is indeed appealing, and even cancer research has never been able to fully deter people from desiring that bronzed look in themselves and in others. Over the years, several rumors have started about safe tanning methods which are supposed to give all the advantages of a tan without the harmful effects. It is very important to know, however, that methods such as tanning lamps both commercially and at home still operate by using the same ultraviolet rays that come from the sun, and all the dangers of the natural rays are also inherent to those that are manufactured. Skin cancer, of course, is the most serious problem that arises out of exposure to UV rays. Other problems can also occur. Sun damage cause skin to wrinkle prematurely, and also may make the skin leathery and scaly. If you must have a tan, the safest way that will cause the least amount of damage to your skin is to use a tanning lotion (one that gives the appearance of a tan).

Because none of us can avoid the sun and its impact on our skin, it is also important to take ongoing care of skin by using different methods. Keeping skin moisturized means keeping it healthy, and this will also prevent premature aging. Watch out for beauty products that contain items like “extract of cucumber”. Applying cucumbers (especially to the eyes) is a well-known method of maintaining healthy skin, but it is in fact nothing about the cucumber that helps skin. Instead, it is the amount of water found in cucumbers that helps to hydrate and take care of the skin’s appearance. If you are paying for a lotion that advertises a cucumber extract, then you are paying too much.

Another way in which people damage their skin is by excessive washing. This happens frequently with teenagers who are going through the pain of acne. The fact is, washing too much may make acne worse, and can also be very detrimental to overall skin health in the long run.

Finally, a healthy diet will equal a healthy skin. Make sure your everyday meals include the proper amounts of vitamins known to contribute to healthy skin, such as Vitamin A, C, E, Zinc, Chromium, Riboflavin, Thiamine, Pantothenic Acid, Niacinamide, and Pyroxidine. You can get these vital nutrients through careful planning of your meals or by the inclusion of a multivitamin- make sure to read the label to ensure it contains all of these essential vitamins.

 

How to Care Chafing

Avoid wearing rough-cut and coarse clothes. Wear 100% cotton fabric rather than a synthetic blend of different materials, as it may cause problems for your skin.

Excess weight around inner thighs and arms causes friction leading to chafing. For this you need to loose some weight around the problematic areas.

If you sweat too much while working out, maybe you should work out in the evenings to provide a much cooler impact on your body.

Always wash your clothes before wearing to keep yourself at bay from chafing. Dry sweat and chemicals may be another reason for irritation.

Drink plenty of water as this would avoid dehydration and would allow you to hydrate in a better manner.

Wear loose-fitting clothes as it keeps the skin cool and dry.

Spend good enough money on the clothes to avoid such problems

Women can quite wearing panty hose and men can switch to boxers to keep your groin area free from friction.

Home Remedies for Chafing

To stay dry you can use talcum powder or cornstarch.

Home made lubricant can be made by mixing one cup each of A and D ointment and Vaseline. In that add one fourth cup each of vitamin E cream and aloe vera cream to have better consistency and good smell. This ointment works great on your skin and helps in healing and prevention of blister.

You can also apply petroleum jelly to the chafing prone areas to avoid rubbing and friction.

Calendula oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal oil, well known for its healing properties. It is of great help to clear skin irritation due to chafing.

Zinc oxide is an inexpensive paste which treats chafing problem. To remove the zinc oxide you can apply olive oil or mineral oil to wipe it off.

Natural Skin Care Program with Diet

One of the most important substances you can put into your body to aid in producing excellent skin is water. Water flushes toxins out of your body, it help you loss weight and is a major source of hydration. If you are only putting a moisturizer on top of your skin this is not enough. How about adding moisture to your skin from the inside by drinking plenty of clean purified water.

Your diet and the foods you consume not only affect your skin but your overall health. If you choose to put garbage in your body you will get garbage out. So for starter I’ll tell you what to avoid. Avoid greasy fatty foods and processed food. Being today to put wholesome fresh foods into your body and let that nutrition rebuild and keep your skin and entire body vibrant and healthy.

For starters you should be consuming foods that contain vitamin C. Vitamin C promotes healing, help rebuild collagen, and produces skin with elasticity and firmness. Food such as citrus fruits, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli and cabbage are high in vitamin C and can help in reducing wrinkles and fine lines.

Green tea is also an excellent anti-oxidant which improves your immune system and is an excellent substitute for coffee.

Soy proteins which have a high amount of amino acids, flavonoids and vitamin E help the skin retain moisture and give the skin a smooth appearance.

The essential fatty acids which are your omega 3’s and 6’s are the good fats that the entire body needs. These good fats will help your skin, hair, nails, muscles and all your cellular functions. It will help to clear up blemishes and reduce wrinkles. Food like olives, olive oil, almonds and avocados are excellent sources of your good fats. Also fresh fish like salmon will provide a good source of your omega 3’s and 6’s.

And let’s not forget our greens. Vegetables such as spinach, collard greens, and kale are high in vitamins A, C and E. They also contain good amounts of iron and fiber. These foods help to reduce wrinkles and give your skin a healthy look.

Another great food to help your skin and your immune system is yogurt. Yogurt contains friendly bacteria which help improve your digestion which in turn improves your immune system. An improved immune system will definitely support your largest organ, your skin.

One other food that will assist your body and your immune system to produce healthy skin is garlic. Garlic is high in anti-oxidants and has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes. It will assist your body and immune system to stay healthy and fight off infections and disease.

And now the best part. For all you people who desire great healthy looking skin this will probably be your favorite part. Cocoa powder which is found in chocolate is very high in polyphenol anti-oxidants. It has twice the anti-oxidant properties of red wine and three times the anti-oxidant properties of green tea. Dark chocolate typically has the highest percentage of cocoa. I have seen some dark chocolates as high as 83% cocoa. Now remember everything in moderation. Don’t go and eat a box of chocolate every day. Just a small piece every few days and only eat the finer dark chocolates with the highest amounts of cocoa.

You see there are many excellent nutritious foods you can consume that will add to your natural skin care program and will also help with your overall health and well being. So eat well, look good and keep your skin healthy from the inside out.

 

Tips to Care Your Dry Skin

Dry skin is especially common in children under 10 and older people over 60. Between 10 to 50 years of age, the number of women with dry skin is markedly more than in the case of men. The common characteristic of dry skin are light scaling, tightness and sometimes, itching. Basically, there are two types of dry skin – normal dry skin and extreme dry skin. In both types, the cause is essentially a deficit of natural moisturizing factors. A rarer form is atopic dry skin, in which a disturbed fatty acid metabolism of the skin contribute a major role.

Cleaning and Care of Dry Skin

To restore your dry skin to its normal physiological condition, pay extra close attention to your cleansing and skincare routine. In choosing cleansing products for dry skin, here are few pointers to bear in mind :

* Make sure the cleansing preparations are made up of mild cleansing complexes with re-oiling agents that remove fat-soluble (lipophilic) dirt particles.
* The cleansing substances’ supply of lipids should promote and ensure an intensive replenishing of skin oils.
* The fatty-acid constituents of the re-oiling agents should also be similar to the skin’s natural oils to blend especially well into the horny skin layer, thereby restoring the protective lipid film during washing and helping to maintain your skin’s natural pH balance.

Choosing Skin Care Products

It is important to choose skincare products that contain various active ingredients that reinforce the skin’s own protective functions. Here are pointers and ingredients to watch our for :

* For example, skincare products that contain the antioxidant Vitamin E are effective in preventing, or at the very least, delaying skin aging. Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin that hinders the oxidation of poly-unsaturated fatty acids, thus helping to firm up the cell membrane and delay cell-aging.
* Choose skincare products that protect the skin from damaging environmental influences such as dryness and colds. Where the skin condition has been disturbed, choose skincare products that contain moisturizing agents and substance that will help normalize the skin, heal it and prevent diseases. For example, as a Vitamin B derivative, Dexpanthenol is said to enhance wound healing and cell-formation. Vitamin C in citric acid form is also a popular skincare substance that is used mainly because it helps in wound-healing and cell regenerations.
* Those with especially sensitive-skin or skin affected by neurodermatitis should choose skincare products suitable for deodorant-intolerant skin.
* The skincare products’ efficacy should have been objectively and comprehensively evaluated and the confirmed in clinical studies.

Healthy skin, for the most part, results from a balance of moisture and oils and the physiological pH-value (acid mantle of the skin around 4.5 – 5.75) of the skin’s surface. Always remember to choose cleansing and skincare products that are quickly absorbed into the skin and activate the various regenerating metabolic processes of the skin cells.

Causes of Dry Skin :

* Biological skin ageing
* Chemical and medicinal influences
* Climate and environment
* Genetic disposition
* Hormonal influences
* Illness
* Light-induced skin ageing
* Nutrition

 

Caring Skin On Summer

Before you run out and have a great time cruising down the highway- top down, rolling with your pals flirting with the fine fellas, you want to make sure that you have plenty of sun tan lotion prepared for your little trip.

It may feel like a pain in the rear at first because after a long winter you just want to get your groove on and have a good time enjoying this fine weather with the smiling happy people.

However by taking this one precaution you will definitely be able to enjoy yourself much more without having to worry about whether you will get sun burnt or not. In case you haven’t been sun burnt in the past- let’s just say it’s a very unfortunate and pretty much an uncomfortable situation to be in.

So here are a few hints to get your groove going without worrying too much about the administrative issues of skincare and others minor details like that.

Here is a list of some of the different “hotspots” where you will need to be wary of your skin when you’re at those places. Hotspots meaning you’re going to have to bring quite a little of lotion for you and your buddies to prevent getting sun burn and getting adversely affected by UV rays. Some hotspots include your cousins pool party, the local public beach, or a barbecue in your own back yard.

Make sure to have a stash of tanning lotion just in case. There’s a high chance, you will be using it on a daily basis during the summer time especially.

 

Effective Way to Care Your Skin

If you are a adult female and you are in the premenstrual stages, it may also bear upon your skin to varying degrees. Another thing to consider is the seasonal changes and the differences in requirements that these changes bring with it.

For instance, skincare in the winter time is significantly different from the summer’s. During the winter times your skin will probably be more dry or normal and you will most likely need to use moisturizers to keep your skin soft.

And during the summer months you will need to worry about things such as tanning lotion and using cleansers and exfoliators to wipe off off sweat and debris that gathers up when you are in movement.

Some people opt for vitamin C formulations to improve the health and youthfulness of their skin while others may use glycolic acid if there are signs of blackheads appearing. Salicylic acid is an option individuals use during the four points of a menstrual cycle. Generally speaking, try using exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and to make room for new skins to grow out.

As you can in all likelihood tell by now, there are a plethora of skin care products on the market catering to every imaginable need. The most important thing is to sit down and ask yourself what you need now, and also in terms of prevention of things like wrinkles or blemishes in the future.

It is suggested to speak with your dermatologist before following any skin care routine. Also you should take counsel with a professional if you plan on changing your routine very often or seasonally. This way you can save time, money, and also prevent any number of mistakes and mischances that could negatively affect your skin- rendering all your efforts out-of-date.